Re: New here.
Here's a few quick facts and data about this gen of T-Birds.
- 1989-90 was the only time the T-Bird did not have an available V8. There was only the 3.8L and 3.8L Supercharged V6 engines. A stark departure from the original T-Birds, which were strictly V8's.
- 1989-97 T-Birds had 4-wheel independent suspension. The rear end has CV axle shafts rather than a solid axle.
- The high performance model was the Super Coupe (SC)
- The V8 from 1991-93 was the 5.0L V8. A special lower height intake manifold was developed for it to clear the T-Bird's scoop-less hood. Former head designer Jack Telnack did not want a hood scoop. He wanted a smooth sloping hood. (Gee thanks Jack, but the original T-Birds had them!!!)
- The V8 from 1994-97 was the 4.6L V8.
- The exhaust system on V6 base cars was a single exhaust. It comes out of each cat. into a single resonator or flex tube, then out of a single muffler on the left side.
- The exhaust system on supercharged V6 cars and the V8 Cars is the same as on V6 base cars, except there is a third cat., after the resonator or flex tube, it splits at the rear of the rear suspension into dual mufflers at each side.
- The trans. used in these vehicles were the AOD automatic (later know as the 4R70W) and the Mazda M5R2 Manual.
- Very low optioned 1989-93 V6's had a basic gauge set, with only speedo., fuel and temp. gauges. All other 1989-96's had full instrumentation, including the above stated plus tach., oil pressure, volts on non-SC cars, and boost on SC cars. For some reason, 1997 models had the same gauge set from the 1997 Taurus/Sable.
- There was a special 1990 SC model for the T-Bird's 35th aniversary. It was Black, with blue pin striping, charcoal lower paint, special decals on the front fenders, and black painted SC rims.
- The 1995 model had a 40th aniversary model, a V8, Dark Turquoise Green, Red Pinstripe, silver lower body.
- The 1997 model had a Collector's Edition model, several different colors available, with either white or red bodyside moldings, special floormats, and special interior trim.
- Some models including SC models had Semi-Active Ride Control (SARC)
- The actual tailights were on the quarter panels, the lenses on the trunk lid were LED panel parking lights. There is two strips in these lenses that fail over time. You either have to replace them or cut open the lenses to replace the LED's. These lenses have conventional back-up lights in them.
- The SC was available from 1989-95.
The choice is yours. However, a true Thunderbird is a V8.
Master ASE Certified L1 Chrysler Technician- still a Ford fan at heart.
1964 Thunderbird Hardtop- Chantily Beige- 390 FE 4V V8-Uncle's Car
1966 Thunderbird Convertible- Red- 390 FE 4V V8- Uncle's other car- waiting for paint and body work!!!
1967 Mustang Convertible- Blue- 289 V8- helping a friend re-assemble this classic